A Chicago man died after rescuing children from a rip current in the Gulf of Mexico while on vacation in Florida earlier this week.
Pete Rosengren, 42-year-old vice president of sales and digital strategies of Daily Herald Media Group, went into the water on Sunday to help his sons and a family friend's 9-year-old boy who was struggling to navigate the current. Rosengren pulled the boy to safety, but then he had to be rushed to an area hospital where he was unable to be saved.
According to reports, the Gulf was closed for swimming as a result of the severe water conditions. Maura Rosengren, Pete's wife, said the family had gotten to the beach just minutes earlier when the children "ran into the water right away."
"It all happened so fast. I ran toward the water," Maura Rosengren said. "We could see one little boy couldn't get in and ... [Pete] went out there."
Lifeguards performed CPR on Rosengren before he was transported to a local hospital.
Joe Shaker, Rosengren's best friend, described Rosengren as "a true hero," saying that "the world needs more Petes putting others in front of themselves."
The Herald has organized A GoFundMe page to benefit Maura Rosengren and the family.